Easy Outdoor Deck Decor: Before and After

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If you're coming over from Citrine Living, welcome! Doesn't Tamara have a beautiful home? We just love everything she does, she is one or our favorites and is so inspirational!

Today we are talking about how to transform your outdoor space in just a few easy steps! After the winter months my deck was in shambles. It was just dirty and bare and needed a spring pick me up!

Here are a couple "Before" pictures.

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor
Easy Outdoor Deck Decor
Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

And here is the "After!"

One thing to point out here is that I had purchased all the outdoor furniture last year and bought every piece second hand! However, I have linked similar items at the end of the post :)

If you are ballin' on a budget like me, you have to get a little creative! I found the outdoor dinning table on craigslist for $50, the bench at an antique shop for $60 as well as the hanging planters for $10 each! The wicker chairs are originally from ikea but I found them at a consignment store for $15 each! 

The only thing I bought for the outdoor makeover were the plants! The large ferns were $15 each from Costco! WHAT A DEAL!

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

The first tip to jazz up any outdoor is space it to arrange your furniture in a functional yet cozy way. We placed this wicker chair along side the bench to create a cozy conversational area.

We also brought out this poof that I had in my living room (that happened to be an indoor/outdoor poof) and used it as a coffee table.

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

The second easy tip that is crucial to add to any outdoor space is PLANTS! This brought so much life and color to my deck and really pulled the look together.

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor
Easy Outdoor Deck Decor
Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

I bought these tall full ferns from Costco and placed them in the corners of my deck. The pop of green and the texture of the fern adds an earthy feel to the space.

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

I absolutely love these hanging wall planters! Adding small plants to any kind of plant hanger adds a design element that is unique to the space!

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

Our third tip is to add pillows and accessories! Here I am adding fun pillows to my bench! I added these black and white striped pillows along with a palm print pillow for an extra pop!

We then added a cozy blanket to the chair,  and a tray to the coffee table. We topped the tray with a brass candle stick and spring cactus to pull the look together!

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

On the other side of my deck we have the dinning table!  My fourth tip would be to dress up your patio table with fresh flowers, or potted plants/flowers. 

I added fresh picked apple blossom branches to a large jar and paired that with a bowl of artichokes, a topiary, and brass candlesticks. We used a dish towel with a fun green plaid for some added texture and a nice base.

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor
Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

My last tip is to fill those awkward spaces or corners with plants! It makes all the difference!

Easy Outdoor Deck Decor
Easy Outdoor Deck Decor

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Thank you so much for reading, we so appreciate it! We would love to hear from you in the comments so please leave any questions or feedback!

Don't forget to head on over to Meme Hill next to check out more outdoor decor inspiration and then to these other fabulous bloggers we have teamed up with!

Amie - Meme Hill

Kathleen - Lindsay Hill Interiors

Joan - 2 Ladies and a Chair

Summer - Summer Adams Designs

Sheila - Maison De Cinq

Tamara - Citrine Living

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Lacey & Kim

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Our Experience: Cambria Inside Innovation Summit

After a crazy couple of weeks we are finally getting this post up about our experience at Cambria! 

If you don't know what Cambria is you're probably living under a rock - no offense. Cambria is an American producer of natural stone quartz surfaces. We were invited to their Inside Innovation Summit and got the privilege to visit their facilities to learn and see how Cambria quartz is made and let me tell you it was incredibly impressive.

Cambria Processing Facility
Inside Innovation Influencers

Learning about how this company started, how they market themselves, and how they have changed the countertop industry was inspiring.

The first stop on the Cambria tour was visiting their 1 million square foot Plant in La Seur Minnesota - yes, you read correctly- 1 million. We were able to see how the quartz was shipped in, how they test for it's high percentage of quartz in each batch, and how they create each slab. We learned how Cambria strives for sustainability. They do not use explosives when mining for quartz and they recycle all the water they use to produce the slabs of quartz. How amazing is that!

Slab Inspection
Cambria Slabs at the Plant

One thing we quickly learned about Cambria was their passion for excellence and attention to detail. Each slab is carefully looked over using quality control techniques so that not one slab goes by without being less then perfect. 

After the first visit to their plant we were off to their fabrication facility in Belle Plaine, MN. Here we got to see the CNC machines (cutting machines) in action. This was really fun to see because this is were the slabs came to life and are cut into kitchen and bathroom countertop shapes. We also saw the software technology they use to match two different slabs together for certain surfaces so that the pattern of the slab matches and blends seamlessly into the other. Again, passion for excellence at its finest.

Cambria Fab Shop Inspection

Stop number three on the tour was the Home install in Edina, MN. This was absolutely stunning. This home was built by Sustainable Nine and Cambria was installed in all the bathrooms and in the kitchen. We got to hear from several Cambria associates and Mariel Hemingway who is a brand ambassador for Cambria! This home was stunning from floor to ceiling and the details were exquisite.

Cambria Inside Innovation
Cambria Inside Innovation
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Cambria Inside Innovation
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After the amazing home install we headed to the Wit and Delight studio for happy hour. Wit and Delight is a lifestyle blog run by Kate Arends. The Wit and Delight studio is where Kate and her team offer rebranding, communications strategy, graphic design, art direction and content creation. The studio was amazingly decorated, and of course, Cambria was installed in their beautiful kitchen area.

Cambria Inside Innovation. Wit and Delight studio
Cambria Inside Innovation. Wit and Delight studio
Cambria Inside Innovation. Wit and Delight studio
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Cambria Inside Innovation. Wit and Delight studio

The last stop of the day was Dinner at Bellecour in Wayzata, MN. This is a brand new french restaurant right by Lake Minnetonka and installed in their bar area was Cambria's new Ella Matte Quartz, it was stunning.

Bellecour French Bistro in Wayzata

After eating at Bellecour we headed back to the hotel for the night. The next day the group headed to LAB MPLS where we ate breakfast and created mood boards! Unfortunately Lacey had to catch a flight this day so she missed out :(

They had an adorable toast and smoothie bar along with a coffee cart. We then got to look through all the props to gather for our mood boards which was done on top of slabs of Cambria Quartz!

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Here is my mood board that I created! I was a little intimidated at first by all the props but once I started I got really into it and had so much fun creating this white, blush pink and blue/grey spread!

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This experience was truly inspiring and we really fell in love with the Cambria brand. Their passion for excellence, attention to detail, amazing customer service, staying ahead of the trends, and the fact they strive for sustainability and have become a lifestyle brand are what make us want to use Cambria in our homes and homes we may remodel in the future! Our only regret is not using Cambria sooner.

We hope you enjoyed  hearing about our experience with Cambria! Please subscribe to our blog to stay updated on all the fun!

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Lacey & Kim

DISCLAIMER: Cambria graciosuly provided all food and lodging for the event but all opinions are our own.